After spending a second-round pick on wide receiver James Washington the Steelers quickly turned around and traded up in the third round to draft quarterback Mason Rudolph. Washington is already familiar with Heinz Field. The Steelers have another pick still to come in the third round.
Rudolph could be a possible replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers' two-time Super Bowl champion gunslinger.
"Had no clue this was in the works".
"Well, I don't know", Fichtner said. Roethlisberger has said he wants to play a few more years. The two-time Super Bowl victor told teammates after the Steelers fell to Jacksonville in the divisional round of the playoffs he expects to play at least three more years. Rudolph joins a quarterback room that includes Roethlisberger, Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs. He the first OSU quarterback selected in an National Football League draft since Brandon Weeden was taken in the first round in 2012.More news: Sports Minister Xasa 'Appalled' By Moses Mabhida Stadium Chaos
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At 213 pounds, Washington also has the strength to be an effective blocker in the run game and brings a kind of physicality the Steelers have long valued in their receiving group.
And he had Pittsburgh on his mind in the days leading up to the draft, even texting offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to remind him that he'd always wanted to be a Steeler. They selected JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the 2017 draft. He's much more polished than either of those guys were upon being drafted.
Although they selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, the Browns could add another QB on Day Three.